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    Cherry Blossom Festival

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  • PEAK BLOOM Achieved

    April 10, 2014 the Cherry Trees are now in Peak Bloom. More »

Bloom Schedule

2014 Blossom Current Status:

Thursday April 10, 2014: PEAK BLOOM

When do the trees bloom?
2013 peak bloom occurred on April 9, 2013
2012 peak bloom occurred on March 20, 2012.
The average peak bloom date from 1992 through 2013 is March 31.

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Historic List of Cherry Blossom Festivals and Blooming Periods for the Yoshino and Kwanzan Varieties.

 

The Peak Bloom Date and Blooming Period

The peak bloom date is defined as the day when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) blossoms are open. Peak bloom varies annually depending on weather conditions. The most likely time to reach peak bloom is between the last week of March and the first week of April. Extraordinary warm or cool temperatures have resulted in peak bloom as early as March 15 (1990) and as late as April 18 (1958).

The Yoshino trees typically bloom for a period of several days. The length of the blooming period depends on weather conditions. Cool, calm weather can extend the length of the bloom, and a rainy, windy day can bring an abrupt end to the ephemeral blossoms. A late frost can prevent the trees from blooming at all.

Forecasting peak bloom is almost impossible more than 10 days in advance. The cherry trees' blossom development is dependent on weather conditions, which are inherently variable. National Park Service horticulturists monitor bud development and report the status of the blossoms. The following table shows bud development data for Yoshino cherry trees, the most common trees in the park.

 
Year Green Buds
Florets Visible
Extension of Florets
Peduncle Elongation
Puffy White
Peak Bloom
2014 Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 31 Apr 4 Apr 7 Apr 10
2013 Mar 11 Mar 17 Mar 26 Mar 31 Apr 4 Apr 9
2012 Feb 29
Mar 8
Mar 12
Mar 14
Mar 15
Mar 20
2011 Feb 28
Mar 9
Mar 16
Mar 19
Mar 22
Mar 29
2010 Mar 14
Mar 19
Mar 21
Mar 23
Mar 26
Mar 31
2009 Mar 3
Mar 12
Mar 18
Mar 23
Mar 27
Apr 1
2008 Feb 19
Mar 11
Mar 17
Mar 18
Mar 24
Mar 26
2007 Mar 5
Mar 20
Mar 25
Mar 27
Mar 28
Apr 1
2006 Feb 28
Mar 13
Mar 14
Mar 16
Mar 22
Mar 30
2005 Mar 7
Mar 22
Mar 31
Apr 3
Apr 4
Apr 9
2004 Mar 4
Mar 12
Mar 15
Mar 22
Mar 27 Mar 31

 
Green Color in Buds

NPS

Green Color in Buds: Late February to Early March

 
Florets Visible

NPS

Florets Visible: March, Average 16-21 days to Peak Bloom.

 
Extension of Florets

NPS

Extension of Florets: Average 12-17 days to Peak Bloom.

 
Peduncle Elongation

NPS

Peduncle Elongation:(Frost Critical) Average 6-10 days to Peak Bloom.

 
Puffy White

NPS

Puffy White: Average 4-6 days to Peak Bloom.

 
Link to Maps of Cherry Tree Locations.

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